Year End Wrap Up

Posted on | December 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

I did it! I’m down to the last few days of 2014 and I have not purchased one new piece of clothing this year. To be fair, I’m not much of a clotheshorse, even though I work in fashion. Shopping doesn’t really excite me, so this project was a bit easier for me.

Stasis Pullover

Stasis Pullover – Completed Feb ’14


Even though it wasn’t much of a challenge to keep out of the stores, that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn anything from my journey. I learned that I can make due with much less than I thought. Not once did I mutter the words, “I have nothing to wear.” This project also taught me that I can’t replace fast fashion with fast sewing/knitting. I had so many plans! I was going to make a ton of new things for myself!

Albion Coat - completed Mar '14

Albion Coat – completed Mar ’14

Well, that didn’t happen. The reason why it didn’t happen had to do with more than just running out of time. With each make, I found myself taking the time to really analyze my fabric choice and fit. Knitting took a bit of a back seat in the whole process. One reason was I had a fairly large selection to pull from already. The second was I was still on a bit of a knitting hiatus.

Diplomat Dress

Diplomat Dress – completed Jun ’14

Fit is a big one for me. I think the number one reason I can’t bring myself to shop in stores is because I am VERY critical when it comes to fit. I have a petite build and clothes don’t always fit me properly. I don’t care how amazing the garment looks on the hanger, if there is strange pulling or wrinkles happening, it’s not coming home with me. One of my biggest goals this year was to finally learn how to fit garments properly. Funny enough, this wasn’t really something that was taught in fashion school.


Saltspring – completed Jul ’14


I spent my year pouring over Craftsy classes and books, making personal slopers, and starting at myself for 8,956 hours in the mirror. I’m finally starting to learn what all of the pulls, wrinkles, and gathers mean and how to fit them. It’s a process and I hope to build on my fit education in the coming year (woohoo! bras!)

Bombshell swimsuit

Bombshell swimsuit – completed Aug ’14

As of right now, I don’t have any expectations, restrictions or goals for 2015. I might relax my shopping ban just in case I see a quality piece I really, really love. From here on out, it’s about quality, not quantity. For the moment, I’m just enjoying building a wardrobe that is unique to me all while enjoying the process. Isn’t that what’s important in the end?

Bedford - completed Oct '14

Bedford – completed Oct ’14

Thank you so much for following along with me this year! I especially thank everyone who comes to my corner of the world looking for knitting progress and stuck with me throughout the sewing process! Thank you for all for each and every one of your comments and lovely notes throughout the year, they really mean a lot to me!

I wish all of you happy holiday and a prosperous New Year! See you in 2015!



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  • nycbookwriter

    I love that Stasis and your Albion. I’m hoarding some fabric for my own, and I think I’m going to bite the bullet and trace and alter it to fit me like a girl. ;) off to stalk yours.